Something in music: origin
One evening at a hot, trendy L.A. nightclub on a rare solo outing, yours truly found himself standing alone at the bar preparing to review the upcoming act. Before he had taken more than a few notes, however, he was bookended by a pair of vivacious vixens who insisted on engaging your rockin’ writer in cozy conversation. Strangely, the subject of “marriage” arose.
One of the young ladies noted that when a gal is about to get hitched she needs “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” Your provocative penman was immediately inspired. After all, those very same terms could be applied to music too: “Something old” or classic, “something new” or recently released, “something borrowed”, a cover, and “something blue”, a blues song or a song with “blue” in the title. The rest is history.
‘Something’ in Music 158
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Everything’s Coming Our Way” by the American rock group Santana. Written by frontman Carlos Santana, it first appeared on their third platter titled Santana a.k.a. Santana III or III. It hit the record racks back in 1969.
Our “something new” for this edition is a new track titled “Serena Williams.” This track is the work of independent entertainer Nes a.k.a. Nes Marley. Nes is an unsigned artist, producer, and self-styled “celebrity engineer.”
Born in North Carolina and raised in California, Nes says he is a mixmaster and the “first rapper to make it only rapping and doing all features on [his] own beats.” He is inspired by such performers as Bob Marley, Nas and Styles P. Nes concludes: “I made myself!”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Jailhouse Rock” co-written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. First recorded by American entertainer Elvis Presley, it was originally released in 1957 as a single off the Jailhouse Rock soundtrack EP. This version is by the image-nihilistic avante-garde group known only as The Residents. It appears on their 1983 vinyl Residue of the Residents (which your rockin’ writer reviewed as a college student).
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the titular tune “I’m All Burn by the Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin-based blues act Cathy Grier + The Troublemakers. It’s the title track from the group’s 2020 album I’m All Burn. Grier, who also created this video, said: “The song was written in collaboration with Matt Spatol and Michael Mckinnon” in 2018 during a “Love On Holiday” event at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon.
It features Grier on vocals, guitar and sitar, Matt Liban on drums, Greg Roteik on bass, Jim Ohlschmidt on guitar, Larry Byrne on organ, Deirdre Fellner on backing vocals, Pauli Ryan on percussion, Andrew Spadafora on saxophone, Joe Niemann on trumpet, and Mike Lizzo on trombone. (See your rockin’ writer’s review of the disc right here.)